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King Day showcases speakers, barbecue

Mullet and music will be highlights at Monday's Copeland Park celebration, which won't include a march this year.

By JORGE SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 20, 2002

CRYSTAL RIVER -- A Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration featuring speakers, music and food will begin at noon Monday at Copeland Park.

The event, which should last about two hours, will start with the speakers and music, followed by a free barbecue meal, organizers said.

Musical selections from Jerry Campbell, Samantha Churchwell and the junior choir of the Church of the Living God Pillar & Ground of the Truth in Crystal River are scheduled.

Speakers will include Minister Al Hopkins of the Church of the Living God, Leon Thomas, Crystal River Mayor Ron Kitchen, Crystal River City Manager Phil Lilly and Ed Tolle.

"We have lots of chicken and mullet to barbecue, along with hush puppies, beans, cole slaw and dessert," organizer Juanita Edwards said.

There will be no march this year, as in the past years. Edwards said the organizing committee couldn't afford to pay the $30 an hour fee charged for police duty.

"But I have a whole year to work on the event for next year, and we'll bring the march back," she said.

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